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HC asks govt to regulate admission process of pvt school

DAINIK NATION BUREAU

The Uttarakhand High Court has asked the state government to enact a suitable law within three months to regulate the admission process and fee structure of private unaided schools in the state.

A division Bench of justices Rajeev Sharma and Lokpal Singh issued an order on a public interest litigation (PIL) on alleged irregulartiers in admission process and exorbitant fees of professional unaided educational institutions.

The court noted that students were often asked to furnish advance bank guarantees which made it difficult for the parents of the lower economic strata to impart education to their children in unaided professional educational institutions.

The court also struck down the amendments to Uttaranchal Unaided Private Professional Education Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation Fee) Act, 2006, which decided the quorum of the fee regulatory panel.

It also set aside appointments of Justice Gurmeet Ram as chairman of the Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee and Justice Brijesh Kumar Srivastava as Chairman of the Appellate Authority on the ground that they were appointed without consulting the Chief Justice as the procedure was laid down by the Apex Court earlier.

The Bench directed the state government to send the proposal to the Chief Justice of the HC for nominating retired judges of the HC as the chairman of the Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee as well as the chairman of the Appellate Authority within three weeks. — PTI

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